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Preferred Lies | From tennis to golf?

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THIS is not a bad sporting option for you.

Golf and tennis concepts are not too far apart; teaching philosophy is identical; and they both offer pathways to mental and physical well-being. So, transition is not that difficult after all.   While you are still debating whether to go for it, there are, however, golf topics that you might be interested to know. Here are some:

No one-correct swing. If your swing looks awful, you have nothing to worry about. The history of the game is replete with awkward champions, like Chi Chi Rodriquez, Doug Sanders, Jim Thorpe, Jim Furyk, Miller Barber and Hubert Green to name a few. So, if you have a swing that is outside the box, you will be the latest.

Not a cheap engagement. This story has been told a million times. But this does not keep people away from embracing the sports. An average golfer spends $2,800 annually on shoes, balls, apparel, and clubs. Presently there are more 24 million traditional golfers in US and more than 434 million worldwide. Because you live and work on American soil, affordability is not an issue to you.

Just around the corner. The good news about golf is that the playing field is not scarce. In a study, there are 34,000 plus courses in the world. Of which some 15,500 are in the United States. If you are a travelling golf weekender, you would not be missing a practice round wherever you go.

Emotion-filled pastime. Golf is game of honor as you know. But it is also a game that brings out our best and worst as a person. In politics, give the person the power and you will know what kind of person he is. Play a golf with someone and you will be surprised his angelic appearance will suddenly change into a towering inferno on a bad shot. Because you are known in the tennis circle as cool and gracious even in the face of defeat, you will not be short of regular companions on the course.

Fun, fun and more fun. This should be the bottom line. As tennis is not your day job but only for exercise and fellowship, your golfing day should be treated the same. Someday you may encounter some players who score 100 but announce in the club house that they shoot in the low 80s. Let it go. Like tennis, golf is also crowded with delusional players. Just as you have been playing tennis for many years for fun, it will surely be easy for you doing the same for golf. 

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